Zina Gimpelevich

Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3G1, Canada



Dr. Zina J. Gimpelevich is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Born in Minsk, Biełaruś, she came to Canada in 1979 with an MA in Russian Philology. She is happily married and is proud of her family, her husband, two daughters, their partners, and one grandson.

Zina Gimpelevich received her PhD in Slavic Studies from the University of Ottawa in 1987. Dr. Gimpelevich worked for the Department of External Affairs and the University of Ottawa as an instructor of Russian language and culture (1980-1990). Dr. Zina Gimpelevich loves teaching; she has been involved in undergraduate teaching at Minsk Pedagogical University (1977-1979), the University of Ottawa (1982-1990), and University of Waterloo (1990-2012; graduate and undergraduate programs). She is very proud of all of her students for their knowledge and continues success.

Professor Gimpelevich’s research interests are Biełarusian and Russian languages, literatures, and culture. She has published six books, twelve book chapters, and nearly eighty articles. Prof. Gimpelevich co-authored one textbook and has given over eighty presentations at professional conferences. Her bilingual (Bielarusian/English) monograph, Biełarusian Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century. Origin, History, and Discourse, was released in January 2010 (Southwestern College Academic Press: Winfield, Kansas). By the request of the NLO publishing house in Moscow, she translated her first English-Language literary biography of the modern Biełarusian classic Vasil Bykaŭ (McGill-Queens University Press, 2005), and the book was published in 2011. This followed by the publication of Valentin Annenskii-Krivich’s literary album (St. Petersburg: Serebrianyi vek, 2012). Her seventh book, The Portrayal of Jews in Biełarusian literature is planned to be published by McGill-Queens University Press in Spring 2018.

Zina Gimpelevich was one of the three founding members of the Canadian Relief Fund for the Children of Chernobyl in Biełaruś (together with its first President, Mme Joanna Survilla [President of the Biełarusian Government in Exile] and Mrs. Paulina Smith-Paškievič).

Dr. Gimpelevich is the President of the Canadian Institute of Arts and Sciences (BINiM, Canada 2002-2017). She is a Vice-President of the BINiM, Canada (2017-2020). ZG served as the President and the Past - President of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS, 2008-2014), and is presently serving as the Honorary President of CAS (2017-18). She is also the Honorary life member of the Biełarusian Writers’ Union (2017-) Zina Gimpelevich is active in North American Biełarusian community life; one of her dreams is to see her native country to follow an example of her adoptive country, Canada, and to become democratic, prosperous, and free.


Ph.D. (Slavic Studies) University of Ottawa, Canada, 1987

B.A.& MA in Russian Philology: Belarus, Pedagogical Institute (presently: University, Minsk, (USSR), 1971


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